Monday, August 31, 2009

The X-Women

Despite the superhero world sticking to the thin but curvy female form (understandable though for what they do), females are quickly becoming the most powerful superheroes, as opposed to 60 years ago, when they were objects of the males’ affection, as shown by Invisible Woman and Jean Grey. Their powers were mostly offensive and non-threatening. Then Jean became Phoenix and then Sue Storm honed the ability to create force fields bubbles inside the head or heart and instantly kill a person. Basically she became a telekinetic, maybe not up to Jean-Grey level but still incredibly powerful, and the most powerful of the Fantastic Four. It helped that Chris Claremont writes his women as having incredible strength. Frank Miller also writes his women as being super badasses, i.e. Gail and Miho from Sin City, Elektra, and Queen Gorgo from 300.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Awesome Movie: Inglourious Basterds

Quentin Tarantino does it again with his recent film Inglourious Basterds, and this may be my favorite yet. With two women who are key to the plot, Tarantino makes me fall in love with his films that ooze feminism with badass women. Diane Kruger and Mélanie Laurent are fantastic. I miss seeing them already. And Brad Pitt is actually tolerable as Lt. Aldo Raine. I've never been a fan, but he was brilliantly hilarious as the hillbilly Nazi killer. Amazing performances by everyone, and subtly funny. Brilliant dialogue, and the end makes me wish that it's actually how things went down. Somehow in Tarantino films I can laugh, cringe, and grasp my chair all at once. I could've done with less scalping, but I dealt. Seriously, guys, this may make my top ten movies list. See it. Enjoy it. Love it.

When Women Team Up

You guys! I’m the resident Celtic, folk, and indie music lover; comic book freak; and sci-fi aficionado. Oh, yeah, and...feminist? Yes! I know, I know. I’m THAT awesome. For my first act, I’d like to provide discourse on the subject of all-female casts. It never works. Never (except in one case). I’m not a fan of it never working.

Just when I begin thinking that our society starts increasing its value on women, I’m proved wrong when I think more on it. The example that made me think of such things? Spring Breakdown. It’s absolutely hilarious. But it has a 5.0 rating on imdb, and apparently is not well received or liked. It’s essentially the 7.0-rated Old School with a female cast instead of a male cast. I found it funnier than Old School, yet which one was a hit? Why was Spring Breakdown a flop? It already aired on Lifetime and it was released straight-to-DVD just a few months ago.